Be the change you want to see in this world

"Winning starts in the mind. Whatever the mind can conceive, it will achieve."
-Joaquin Nangauta Naputi

"Be the change you want to see in the world."
-Mahatma Gandhi

Sunday, March 29, 2015

UOG's 63rd Anniversary Founders Day Gala to feature Timmons

This year, Jeff Timmons of the Grammy-nominated & multi-platinum-selling group 98° will be performing at UOG's 63rd Anniversary Founders Day Gala on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at the Hyatt Regency Guam from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. For more information, email Norm Analista at or call 797-3333.

Luvin Guam - Have a Taste of Guam

Joaquin N. Naputi
Luvin Guam

Our Mango /Coconut/ Pineapple & Other Guam Fruits Story

Joaquin N. Naputi is a retired Deputy Director of the Guam Department of Agriculture and the Former Chairman of the GREEN Revolution on Guam.  He had a vision to take his local mangoes, coconuts, pineapples, and other fruits grown on his Dededo & Merizo farms and create an added value product so our visitors & local people alike could have a taste of Guam.  He aims to promote Guam through his agricultural products.

He has incorporated the Luvin Guam brand featuring his fruits grown on his Northern & Southern farms, thus creating Guams sought after fruit slushies.

You may find his now famous & highly recommended fresh fruit products at these fine locations, which can be identified by the Luvin Guam logo:

1)    Two Lovers Point, 7 days a week from 8am-6pm.
2)    Chamorro Village Wednesday Night Market, 3 locations from 4pm-9pm.
3)    Dededo Flea Market, Saturday & Sunday, 2 locations from 5am-10am.

Featuring these signature products:

1.    Coconut Manha milkshake Slush- A blend of fresh Manha (young coconut juice), Manha meat, & fresh coconut milk.
2.    Sweet Mango Slush- A blend of several different types of locally grown mangos made into juice with pieces of mango pulp.
3.    Pineapple Slush- A blend of local pineapple & locally grown Hawaiian pineapple blended into a sweet, mild tart slush with fresh pineapple pulp.
4.    Coconut Sashimi Fresh coconut meat with wasabi and soy sauce.



Saturday, March 28, 2015

Lina'la 2 Odyssey Performed at UOG a Success!

It was a beautiful night of Chamorro melodies, history, and so much more!  God Bless all who made the Lina'la-ta 2 musical odyssey a huge success!  It was also nice to see my daughter Julia perform as one of the back-up singers for Jesse Bais, alongside her Auntie Ruby and good friend Andrew.  BIBA GUAHAN!  BIBA CHAMORRO!

Monday, March 23, 2015

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Onedera honored as Master Storyteller; Launches sixth book

Congratulations, Peter Robert Onedera, former PIBBA International President, on being recognized as Sainan Minenhalom Sinangan Ginen I Hila’, or Master Storyteller, and the publication of your sixth book titled, “Tinige’ Hinasso."

Pictured L-R:  Joseph Artero-Cameron, Department of Chamorro Affairs President; Onedera; Vincent Leon Guerrero, Chief Education Officer to Gov. Eddie Calvo; Senator BJ Cruz, Vice Speaker of the 33rd Guam Legislature; and Monica Okada Guzman, CAHA Board Chair.

Pictured L-R:  Jacqueline Balbas, CAHA Program Coordinator; Onedera; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera,  FestPac Literary Arts-Publications Co-Chair & PIBBA/Ginen i Hila i Maga'taotao Siha Association Webmaster.

Paris, Vegas Snapshot

A visit to Paris, Las Vegas.  Pictured L-R:  Dr. Shu-Yuan Lin, Idaho State University; Professor Rosa Salas Palomo, University of Guam; and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera, University of Guam.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

UOG Presidential Lecture Features Marshallese Poet Kathy Jetnil-Kijner

University of Guam President Dr. Robert A. Underwood presents the first Presidential Lecture of 2015 featuring Marshallese poet and spoken word artist Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner on Wednesday, March 18 at 7:00 p.m. in the College of Liberal Arts & Social Sciences (CLASS) Lecture Hall on the UOG Campus. Her lecture is entitled: “Iep Jeltok: A Basket of Poetry and Activism.”

Kathy Jetnil-Kijiner is a Marshallese poet and spoken word artist whose work focuses on raising awareness surrounding the issues and threats faced by her people - militarism and the nuclear legacy, climate change and climate justice, and adaptation and racism in America are just a few topics her work touches upon.

She received her Master’s degree from the Center for Pacific Island Studies at University of Hawai'i Manoa, with a focus on the history of Marshallese oral traditions and the transition into textual productions from Marshallese authors.

This past September, she performed at the opening of the United Nations Climate Summit in New York, following the speeches of Al Gore, Leonardo DiCaprio, and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, and has since been thrust into global conversations on climate change. She currently teaches at the College of the Marshall Islands.


Monday, March 16, 2015

PIBBA Conference Invitation

UOG Charter Day 2015 Meaningful

The University of Guam celebrated its 47th Charter Day on March 10, 2015.  This year’s theme is No Place Like Home.  Thousands of young and old alike participated in the annual event.  The 36th Annual Research Conference (ARC) hosted by UOG’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences also held its insightful workshops.  

There were cultural displays, CHamoru Language Competition, SOE activities/shows, chemistry titration competition, food vendors, dance performances, live music, obstacle course, carnival games, and more!  We hope to see you at next year’s celebration!

Saturday, March 14, 2015

National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Conference Presentation

NABE Conference Presentation:  The Asian-Pacific Islander Special Interest Group (SIG) Institute was held March 6, 2015 at the 44th Annual National Association for Bilingual Education Conference hosted in Las Vegas, Nevada.  Pictured L-R:  Shu-Yuan Lin, Presenter and API SIG Co-Chair-Idaho State University; Rosa Salas Palomo, API SIG Chair-University of Guam, and Pacific Islands Bilingual Bicultural Association (PIBBA) International Treasurer; Clara C.  Park, NABE Executive Board Member At-Large-California State University-Northridge; Matilda Naputi Rivera, Presenter-University of Guam, College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences & PIBBA Webmaster.

Wednesday, March 04, 2015

Guam Delegation at the 44th NABE Conference

Pictured L-R:  Professor Rosa Salas Palomo and Dr. Matilda Naputi Rivera take a pose at Paris, Bally's Las Vegas during the 44th Annual National Association for Bilingual Education (NABE) Conference.  The theme of the conference is Achieving Global Competence:  Biliteracy for All!  The pre-conference started March 4 and the rest of the conference will continue until March 7, 2015.  Palomo is scheduled to chair the Asia Pacific Special Interest Group, and Dr. Rivera will be sharing her presentation titled Creatively Using Digital Storytelling to Scaffold Literacy in the ESL Classroom.

The National Association for Bilingual Education is the only nationwide network of professionals dedicated to serving English language learners in the United States via education programs and legislative advocacy. For the past four decades, NABE has been committed to excellence in bilingual and biliteracy education for all students through enriched educational programs and intensive professional development for teachers, administrators, professors, policymakers and parents. Additionally, NABE provides extensive research in the field via its Bilingual Research Journal, NABE Perspectives, NABE Journal of Research and Practice and the NABE eNews. NABE is committed to promoting programs and innovations that prepare our nation's students to be fluently bilingual, technologically creative, globally competitive and well-rounded world citizens by advancing legislation and policies at both the state and national levels that best serve language minority students.